GIPPSLAND Premier League tennis ladder leader Sale Star Hotel proved for Traralgon Win TV last weekend.
The visitor stayed ahead of Win TV from the outset.
Win TV began well at home with Sophie Grumley defeating Karen Brown 6-1 6-2, but Star Hotel’s Abe Schuback and Nick Board easily accounted for Tristan Salerno and Darcy Cook 8-3, and Cohan Schuback and Lexi Joyce eked out a wonderful victory over Blair Christensen and Amelia Charlton 7-6 6-4 to put the visitor in front after the first round of rubbers.
Board was too strong for Cook, 6-0 6-1, and questions were being asked about how the scoresheet showed an 8-0 win by Abe Schuback and Brown over Salerno and Sophie Grumley.
Win TV’s Charlton showed true grit in defeating Joyce 6-1 7-5, before Abe Schuback blitzed Salerno after a tight first set, 6-4 6-0.
Board and Brown had too much doubles experience for Cook and Grumley, winning 8-1, while Cohan Schuback was very decisive in his 6-0 6-1 win over Christensen.
SALE Heron Todd White set up its home victory over Traralgon Loy Yang Power by taking two of the first three rubbers.
Misty Cook made a welcome return to top level tennis, adding to the experience of young Kristen Antonopoulos, winning 6-4 6-3, followed by Josh Deschepper and Mark Elliman accounting for David Hough and Josh Hanrahan 8-3.
LYP got one back with juniors Nick Tile and Analisse Hughes defeating Brad Olsson and Megan Harrison 6-4 7-6 in the closest rubber of the day.
HTW’s Elliman also remains undefeated in singles after his strong win over Hanrahan 6-2 6-3.
HTW stretched its lead when Deschepper and Cook defeated Hough and Antonopoulos 8-5, and confirmed the win when Harrison dominated Hughes, 6-1 6-0.
LYP junior Tile kept his unblemished singles record intact with a commanding 6-0 6-1 win over a surprised Olsson, and Hough proved too strong for Deschepper, 6-3 6-0, before Elliman and Cook cruised home over Hanrahan and Antonopoulos, 8-2.
MAFFRA consolidated second place on the ladder, returning from Bairnsdale with a commanding win.
The opening match proved the rubber of the day with Maffra’s Hailey Shanahan just squeezing home from Vivien Cadd 7-6 7-6 in a thriller.
Mitchell Allman and Jamie Kemp won a tough one against Callum Tomlinson-Dale and Nick McConville 8-5, and Jake Weir and Natalie Allman were comfortable over Ben Crowe and Chloe Downie, 6-1 6-4.
Maffra extended the margin when Kemp accounted for McConville 6-4 6-2.
Bairnsdale scored its one victory for the day with a creditable win by Tomlinson-Dale and Cadd surprising Mitch Allman and Hailey Shanahan 8-5.
Quality Maffra junior Natalie Allman went from strength-to-strength in accounting for Downie 6-3 6-0, and brother Mitchell is becoming the man to beat in the competition with a dominating 6-2 6-1 win over the solid Tomlinson-Dale.
Kemp and Shanahan were too consistent for McConville and Cadd, winning 8-2, while Jake Weir showed his improvement defeating the fancied Crowe 6-3 6-0.
For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.